Susan Kay Anderson, a teacher at Pahoa High Intermediate School and Virginia Brautigan Aste, a substitute teacher in Pahoa, have worked with Sen. Russell Ruderman to create an online petition calling for the State Department of Education superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to work with the State Legislature to bring a school librarian to Pahoa.
Anderson and Aste note that for the past five years Pahoa High and Intermediate School has not had a librarian.
“Students begin post-secondary experiences already at a great disadvantage: they don’t know how to use a library.
As educators, we are demanding equity for all Pahoa area students that they may have universal access to educational resources.” To see and sign the teachers’ petition, visit
— Tiffany Edwards Hunt